The following funds are in support of visiting chairs, professors, fellows and lecturers at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
- The Edward R. Murrow Dean’s Excellence Fund
- Charlotte Friel Memorial Communications Seminar Fund
- Edward Bannister Memorial Fund
- Ellen Abelson Memorial Graduate Fellowship
- Glenn A. Johnson Endowed Professorship
- Jean Baumgarten LeGros Endowment [School] of Communication
- Journalism Scholarship and Development Fund
- Keith and Turi Jackson Excellence Fund
- Keith and Turi Jackson Graduate Fellowship
- Lester M. Smith Distinguished Professorship in Media Management
- Tom and Lois Hougan Endowment for Student Experiences in Advertising
- Val Limburg Endowed Lectureship and Scholarship in Media Ethics
The principal of this fund shall be used to provide essential enrichment for student and faculty research, scholarships, support for the quality of instruction, visiting lectures, equipment, travel and other pressing needs of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
This fund shall be administered by the dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
Uses and Procedures:
Income from said memorial fund shall be used to pay the expenses of bringing recognized professionals in the mass communications field to conduct informal seminars with students and faculty. In determining the person to invite preferences shall be given in each case to a prominent woman in communications. It is not required that person invited to Washington State University to conduct such seminars be in the broadcast field. The broadcast field, should, however, be regularly and adequately represented by invitations to persons within that field.
Charlotte Friel Memorial Communications Seminar Fund participants shall be selected by a committee selected by the dean of the Murrow College or his/her designee.
This fund was initiated by the parents of Charlotte Friel, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Friel. Both were members of the WSU Class of 1923.
Uses and Procedures:
Funds may be used for any purpose which will benefit the Murrow College and its students, faculty and staff. Examples for the use of funds are:
- scholarships for students in the advertising sequences;
- equipment, supplies or services for use by the advertising sequence (presentation easels, video tape, etc.);
- travel, lodging and food expenses of speakers in advertising brought to campus for class, speaking or symposium purposes;
- similar travel, lodging and food expenses of faculty and students who may enter regional or national advertising competitions and judging, or attend professional advertising meetings;
- maintenance and engraving of the W.S. “Bill” Simpson inspirational award trophy which upon finalization of this document will become the Edward Bannister Inspirational Award. Said change was requested by Mr. W. S. “Bill” Simpson.
This fund was established in memory of Edward Bannister, Associate Professor of Communications at WSU since 1969 until his death in November, 1977. Professor Bannister started the communication department’s internship program for advertising students which has become one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country.
[This fund is administered by the WSU College of Liberal Arts]
Uses and Purposes:
The proceeds from the endowment fund may be used to provide fellowship stipends in the College of Liberal Arts to be used by the recipient for such things as tuition and fees, subsistence, research expenses and other educationally related costs. The awardees would be called the college of Liberal Arts Ellen Abelson Fellows. The College of Liberal Arts Ellen Abelson Fellows program shall be annually administered under the auspices of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts benefitting departments demonstrating greatest need.
The donor prefers that communications graduate students with an emphasis in journalism receive preference.
Ellen Abelson and her husband O. Andrew Abelson enrolled in Washington State College in September 1905.He was a major in civil engineering. She took courses in English and Liberal Arts. Ellen was born in Norway, October 20, 1882, on the large Hauge farm located at the eastern terminus of Sogn Fjord. At age eighteen, Ellen migrated to a place near Grand Forks, North Dakota. She worked and lived at the home of a distant relative there. She developed skills in rapidly creating beautiful embroidery that she sold and part of the proceeds were later used to buy two lots on the WSC campus where the chemistry building now stands. The records of Whitman County attest to her ownership of the property. The two Abelsons built a house on the lots. After they enrolled in the college and purchased their books, their net monetary asset was $6.00. O. Andrew graduated in civil engineering after four years. Ellen’s education was interrupted by the birth on January 1, 1908, of son Harold.
Later, in Tacoma, Philip was born. Both sons attended and received degrees from WSC. During their childhood, mother Ellen spoke of her pleasant memories of attending classes at WSC. She mentioned eloquent lectures by President Enoch Bryan. She often quoted passages from Shakespeare. If she were living today she would be pleased that a Fellowship in Liberal Arts had been created in her name.
Uses and Purposes:
Distributions from this fund shall be used to supplement the salary of the holder of the professorship, to pay salaries for his or her assistants, and to pay expenses associated with the holder’s scholarly work and to pay expenses to improve the education experience for the students.
This includes, but not limited to, upgrading technology, equipment and providing student outreach/trips with professional experiences, and providing opportunities that connect students to role models.
Professor Glenn Johnson has had a major impact on the world of broadcasting, the university, thousands of alumni, and industry professionals. He is the voice of the Cougars and the Mayor of Pullman, Washington. Glenn Johnson is that special kind of professor; a teacher who generously shares his real-life experiences. At a time when the broadcast industry is going through many changes, Glenn remains a committed mentor to the many students who want careers in broadcast news. Glenn received the prestigious 2008 Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education. He is the first educator inducted into the ” Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. At WSU, he serves as the Cable 8 News Director, coordinates broadcast internships, and teaches television and radio news writing, producing, and management classes. Glenn’s background: Ph.D., University of Iowa.
He began his career in 1962 in Central California at a 5000 watt radio station in the Modesto-Turlock market. He has worked as a newspaper columnist, wire service reporter and editor, television host, reporter and editor during his distinguished career. He started his work at Murrow in 1979.
Uses and Procedures:
The income from the endowment will provide funds for the support of the Murrow College. Income may be used for all priority needs identified by the dean of the Murrow College and dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
The special preferences of the donor include:
- support of student scholarships, fellowships and internships, particularly in the field of journalism.
- support of faculty and teaching enrichment, particularly as it relates to recognizing and retaining great teachers, and,
- faculty enhancement in the form of distinguished visiting professorships and lectureships.
In all cases of support, no restrictions shall be made as to gender, race, religion, national origin, age or, in the case of students, academic class standing. Preferences of the donor may be observed for those students with financial need and for natives of Washington State.
In established this endowment, Jean sought to assist future students and faculty. The future depends on educating citizens of diverse backgrounds to make intelligent decisions in their own lives, their communities, and their country.
This fund shall be administered by the dean of the Murrow College and the dean of the College of Liberal Arts or their designee.
This fund was established by Jean Baumgarten LeGros, a Class of 1948 graduate in English and journalism. Her campus activities included editor of the Evergreen, Theta Sigma Phi (now Women in Communications, Inc.), Board of Control, and Kappa Delta Sorority. She went on to a career as a newspaper reporter in Centralia, Washington, and in corporate communications in Minneapolis and Seattle, for more than twenty five years.
She received the Seattle Professional Chapter of Women in Communications Georgina Davis Founder’s Award in 1985. She is a member of the Women’s University Club of Seattle and was president in 1973. Jean’s husband Theodore A. LeGros also was a Washington State College graduate. They met in Seattle where he practiced admiralty and international law, and they enjoyed many years of world travel and contacts. A separate endowment is named in his memory of political science.
Uses and Purposes:
Money in this fund shall be used for support and development of the journalism sequence of the Murrow College.
It will fund student and faculty research and expenses.
Uses and Purposes:
The distributions from The Keith and Turi Jackson Excellence Fund shall be used at the discretion of the dean to accomplish several goals:
- to inspire Murrow students, especially sophomores and juniors interested in broadcast journalism,
- to attract the best academic leadership possible (industry leaders, visiting professors, renowned faculty), and,
- to support the students’ hands-on experience by staying current with developing technologies and real world experiences.
This fund was established by Keith M. Jackson, a Class of 1954 graduate in communication, and Turi Johnsen Jackson, a member of the Class of 1952.
Keith Jackson is best known for his distinguished career as a broadcast journalist and sports commentator with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), and frequently represented Washington State University in broadcast promotions.
Both Keith and Turi have served as trustees of the WSU Foundation, and Keith served as national co-chair for the landmark Alumni Center on campus; acting in a leadership role and catalyst for the fundraising success.
This fund honors their long-time support of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, from the time it was a School of Communication, and their belief in the importance of the college to inspire and prepare the current students and to have the ability to meet the needs of a changing industry as it considers curriculum, technology and adherence to the Murrow principles.
(Communication, exploring new technologies and production or management practices)
Uses and Purposes:
The endowment provides funds for awarding graduate fellowships in communications, particularly those students exploring new technologies and production or management practices which serve to promote a vital and ethical communications profession and industry.
This fund is established by Keith M. Jackson, a Class of 1954 graduate in communications, and Turi Johnsen Jackson, a member of the Class of 1952.
Keith Jackson is a sports commentator with the American Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), and has frequently represented the institution in broadcast promotions. Both Keith and Turi have served as Trustees of the Washington State University Foundation, and Keith served as national co-chair to raise funds for the landmark Alumni Centre on campus. This fund honors their long-time support of the School of Communication and the importance of training new professionals to meet the needs of a changing industry.
Uses and Purposes:
This fund is established by Lester and Bernice Smith to create a distinguished professorship in media management in the Murrow College at Washington State University.
The distinguished professorship will focus in particular on the development of knowledge and experience of students in managing staff, operations, advertising and leadership of media companies. The proceeds from the endowment fund may be used to supplement the salary of the holder of the professorship, to pay salaries for his or her assistants, and to pay expenses associated with the holder’s scholarly work.
Lester M. Smith was the managing director of Kaye Smith Enterprises, a Bellevue, Washington based communications firm which owns broadcast properties and advertising companies. Les Smith serves Washington State University as a founding member of the Murrow College Advisory Board, and has maintained a long association with the school in working with the faculty and providing internships and employment for communications students.
Their daughter, Kimberly Smith Miller, is a 1978 graduate of WSU in fine arts. This distinguished professorship will build on established strengths of the Murrow College in preparing managers and professionals in the fields of broadcasting, journalism, advertising, and public relations.
Uses and Purposes:
The income from this fund shall be used to enhance the student experience in Advertising. Primary preference will be given to support opportunities for students to interact with professionals in the advertising or related industry as deemed appropriate by the Director of the Advertising Program.
Examples may include support for travel and related costs for 2-3 day seminars at off-campus industry sites, and/or support for any costs in bringing professionals to campus for interactive workshops, seminars, etc. The secondary preference will be given to operational/programmatic support as deemed appropriate by the director of the Advertising Program for students participating in National Student Advertising Competitions.
A 1957 WSU graduate, Tom Hougan had a life-long affiliation with WSU. Tom was born in Pullman. His parents and sister were WSU graduates. He met and married his wife Lois, a 1956 alumna, in Pullman. Lois passed away in 1998 and Tom established the Lois McBride Hougan Memorial Scholarship at WSU-Vancouver as a current fund scholarship in her honor that year. Now an endowed scholarship, the scholarship will be awarded annually to an outstanding business student as a lasting tribute to Lois’ memory. Tom Hougan retired in 1995 as president and CEO of Gerber Advertising Agency in Portland, after a long and successful career in advertising. He did consulting work in addition to working as a part-time professor at WSU Vancouver. Tom was a trustee ambassador of the WSU Foundation and was the former chair of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication Advisory Board. He served on WSU’s Communications Cabinet as well as the WSU Vancouver Communications Advisory Panel and the WSU Vancouver Business Advisory Board. Tom held many honors and distinctions, including the Ad Professional of the Year of the Portland Advertising Federation, and the WSU Foundation Outstanding Service Award.
Tom’s reasons for establishing this endowment were both an extension of his and Lois’s personal values and a reflection of their appreciation for the unique educational opportunities offered by the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. Tom hoped that students who benefit from this endowment will be able to:
- Recognize the unique value and specific benefits of studying advertising at the world-class Edward R. Murrow School of Communication;
- Recognize the value and benefits of graduating from WSU’s Murrow School with the special traits of a Cougar, including honesty, dependability, integrity, cooperation, and responsibility; and,
- Recognize not the duty but the privilege of philanthropy and service leadership as a Murrow School Cougar.
(This fund is currently administered thru the School of Communication Scholarship Fund account.)
Uses and Purposes:
Distributions from this fund shall be used to award one or more scholarships to students who exemplify high ethical standards. The endowment will support at least one scholarship and one lecturer each year.
- Scholarships will be awarded to communication majors who have taken the media ethics class and who best exemplifies Val Limburg’s commitment to the highest ethical standards in the communication professions.
- Applicants will be required to write a brief essay on media ethics.
- Preference will be given to students engaged in extracurricular activities and maintaining a high grade point average.
- Lectureships will pay travel expenses for speakers from the media profession or from other universities, to talk about media ethics in a public forum.
- If funds are not available to support both a lectureship and scholarship in any given year, the priority is for a scholarship to be awarded.
Val Limburg, Professor Emeritus of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University, died of cancer Tuesday, October 11, 2005, in Pullman. Val served for 25 years as Washington State Association of Broadcaster’s (WSAB’s) Secretary/Treasurer, carrying on the relationship between the Association and the School that dates back nearly 50 years.
Limburg was presented with WASB’s prestigious “Broadcaster of the Year” Award in 1998.
“Val Limburg embodied the Murrow tradition in many ways,” wrote Dr. Alex Tan, Director of the Murrow School. “He taught our ethics classes, inspiring students to do their best and always to uphold the highest standards of performance and ethics, doing the ‘right thing.’ His spirit will live on in the Murrow School.”
Those who worked with him remember his unwavering devotion to his students, which extended far beyond the bounds of the normal student-professor relationship. Limburg’s close friend and Murrow School colleague, Professor Glenn Johnson, delivered the eulogy at Limburg’s funeral and remembered how Val, teaching a 7:45 a.m. class, would do wake-up calls for the student in the class that had difficulty making it on time.
In addition to being awarded WASB’s Broadcaster of the Year designation, Limburg was also inducted into the “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
His teaching passions were media law and ethics. His book, Electronic Media Ethics, was published in 1994 and quickly became the authoritative media ethics textbook nationwide.
Limburg came to the Murrow School in 1967 to teach media law, media ethics and broadcast management, after receiving his bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University and his doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. However, he quickly became a Cougar through and through. Val retired in 2002 and was named “Professor Emeritus.” At his 2001 retirement as WASB’s Secretary/Treasurer, Val was presented with a Cougar lettermans’ jacket by the Association. Limburg is survived by his wife of 44 years, Jan, five children and 18 grandchildren. Many were fortunate to study under Val Limburg’s guidance, leadership and teachings. Through this endowed scholarship, he is most certainly remembered by all.